2002 Japan Field Study
|Reception July 30, 2002 The first year students are invited.
Mr. J. A. Nibre, the Philippines is given a speech.
JFS is a yearly program for WMU Sasakawa Fellows, in which the Ship & Ocean Foundation invites the first year students to Japan and gives them opportunities to discuss maritime matters with various people in maritime fields as well as to enhance their knowledge about Japan.
JFS this year was held from July 27 to August 4:
1) Visiting The Nippon Foundation (Jul. 29)
At The Nippon Foundation the students found out about its broad range of worldwide activities. Mr. Sasakawa, President of the Nippon Foundation and the Chairman of "Friends of WMU, Japan" talked with the students about various matters. Mr. Sasakawa said that ocean-related issues will emerge this century, that the sea is communal property and that through "Friends of WMU, Japan", graduates of WMU can exchange information and opinions internationally.
2) Visiting the Tokyo Area (Jul. 29-30)
The students learned a lot by visiting the Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport, technical institutes, a shipping association and the Port of Tokyo. Invited to a reception, they talked with over a hundred Japanese in the maritime community including members of "Friends of WMU, Japan".
3) Visiting Shikoku, Chugoku, Kobe and Kyoto (Jul. 31-Aug. 3)
The students had a look at the maritime traffic in the very congested Seto Inland Sea. Then they inspected shipyards and ports and talked with officials about Japan' s maritime industry.
They also saw educational/training facilities at the Kobe University of Mercantile Marine and the Marine Technical College, and greatly enjoyed the welcome parties.
At Himeji Castle and in Kyoto, they studied Japanese history.
The tour had quite a hard schedule in the heat of summer,
but the students handled everything well and hopefully will get good results in
their studies. They reached Malmö by midnight on Sunday to start the new
semester on Monday morning.
Meeting between Mr. Sasakawa and Malaysian Fellows
June 13, 2002 at Port Klang, Malaysia
This meeting was organized at Port Klang taking the opportunity of attending the donation ceremony of a buoy tender.
Malaysia: Capt. Wan Shukry Bin Wan Karma, Mr. Krishnan Balakrishnan, Capt. Zainal Akbar Bin Abdul Samad, Mr. Lee Tze Kheong, Mr. Lee Chnua Yee and Mr. Leong Peng Loo
Japan: Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, Mr. Eisuke Kudo, Mr. Michio Hidaka, and Mr. Toshihisa Yamasaki
Each Fellow introduced his current position and assignment. Mr. Sasakawa expressed his recognition of the importance of worldwide communication in maritime fields and the contribution of WMU graduates in this area. In a separate meeting between the Fellows and SOF, the following points were raised:
・Make intra-chapter communication closer.
・Keep the member list updated.
・Start the study of establishing the chapter's website.
Vietnamese Fellows' Visit to The Nippon Foundation
June 24, 2002
Dr. Tran Dac Suu and Dr. Dang Van Uy visited The Nippon Foundation. Dr. Suu is the Rector of Vietnam Maritime University and had been elected as a member of Vietnamese Congress this May. Dr. Uy is the Vice Rector of the University.
They came to Japan to attend a launching ceremony of a bulk carrier, which is owned by a Japanese ship owner and will be manned by graduate students from the Vietnam Maritime University Mr. Sasakawa and visitors exchanged conversation mainly about the following:
・Efforts and support to improve WMU's curricula.
・Possible contribution to Sasakawa Fellows' Network, the Website and the Newsletter.
・A seminar relating to the sea scheduled to be held next year in Vietnam.
・IAMU (International Association of Maritime Universities)
Meeting in Manila, the Philippines
June 21, 2002
Philippines: Mr. Luis Tuason Jr., Mr. Ramon Hernandez, Mr. Ramon Liwag, Mr. Rolando Ricafrente, Ms. Sonia B. Malaluan, Mr. Benjamin Dela Cuesta, Mr. Eduardo Fabricante, Mr. Joseph Badajos
Japan: Mr. Haruo Shibazaki, Mr. Tsutomu Inuzuka, Mr. Hideo Kubota, Mr. Toshihisa Yamasaki, Mr. Hideki Maruyama
・Keep the chapter's member list updated.
・Contribute to the "Friends of WMU" website and newsletter.
・Status of the Network in Philippines was presented.
・"Forum on Maritime Safety Consciousness and Responsibilities" scheduled to be held late this year was discussed.
・A rough schedule of meeting with Mr. Sasakawa this November was discussed.
Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam
June 11, 2002
Vietnam: Dr. Tran Dac Suu, Mr. Pham Hai Bang, Mr. Dao Dinh Tien and Mr. Vu The Quang
Japan: Mr. Eisuke Kudo, Mr. Michio Hidaka, Mr. Toshihisa Yamasaki and Mr. Yasuo Tsuchiya
・Vietnamese WMU alumni association has been established.
・The association's website is under construction.
・The association needs Japanese maritime information.
・The chapter is studying to hold a seminar inviting experts in 2003.
・Utilization of the "Friends of WMU, Japan" website for collection and exchange of information on ISM code.